African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (Aicc) has trained 220 agro-dealers in business management.
Briefing the media on Wednesday in Mzuzu, Aicc governance and communications officer Godfrey Pumbwa said they are implementing initiative under the Agri-business Acceleration Initiative (AAI) project.
The aim of the project is to improve rural agri-businesses through provision of market services to smallholder farmers on a sustainable and profitable basis.
“We want to see agro-dealers increase their turnover, profitability, and workforce and that their business should not be seasonal,” he said.
The project trained the agro-dealers in record keeping, financial management and digital marketing.
“We have also linked the agro-dealers to large agri-businesses to act as mentors as well as teach them various ways of handling business to grow their businesses,” said Pumbwa.
One of the trainees, Mzuzu-based Rose Harris Investment proprietor Rose Kalua, said her business has received a boost after being linked with large agro-dealers.
Agro-dealers Association in Malawi president Edgar Lutepo said time has come for Malawi’s agriculture sector to grow with concerted efforts by various players within the various agricultural value chains.
He said through the agro-dealers association, individual agro-dealers will advocate for implementation of good policies and programmes in the agricultural value chain.